Debate commission says 2nd presidential debate to be virtual, Trump says he won’t participate

Thursday the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates declared the 2nd Presidential debate scheduled for October 15th would be held virtually, citing a need “to protect the health and safety of all involved with the second presidential debate.”

“The second presidential debate will take the form of a town meeting, in which the candidates would participate from separate remote locations,” the commission said.

The proposal was to have Trump and Biden “participate from separate remote locations” while the participants and moderator remain in Miami.

However, President Trump has now poured cold water on the proposal, telling Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo “I’m not going to waste my time doing a virtual debate.”

The Biden campaign had agreed to the virtual format.

Per Peter Alexander – NEW: CPD’s chairman Frank Fahrenkopf responds after Trump says he’s not going to do virtual debate, tells me: “No Presidential Candidate is required to debate. Jimmy Carter refused to debate during the first debate in 1980. It is up to the individual candidate.”